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Posted by jfmoore on May 06, 2003 at 15:53:29:
In Reply to: come on guys posted by Rick Staub on May 05, 2003 at 15:25:32:
”Also, most baby Kenyans will only eat live food, so if you are having difficulty getting yours to eat this may be why.”
Hi Rick –
If you mean baby Kenyan sand boas more readily start feeding if their food items are warm and moving, I DO agree. But that usually can be effected with warm water and dancing forceps – at least with the animals I’ve worked with. True, some small percentage (definitely not “most”) may require live pinkies. And there’s no doubt it’s more labor intensive to make their first meal frozen/thawed. But I think necessity may dictate how hard we try. Last year was the first in over twenty-five years that I had absolutely zero live rodents to offer even the pickiest eaters in my collection. So I was definitely more persistent and creative in getting newborns to feed.
:People have seen snakes eating roadkill that was stuck to the pavement. I don't think refreezing a pinky (as long as it is not rotting by that time) to be a big deal. There is certainly no biochemical (breakdown due to refreezing) reason for not refreezing.
:Also, most baby Kenyans will only eat live food, so if you are having difficulty getting yours to eat this may be why.